Floyd won fair and square - Kenny Bayless

While saying the mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao lived up to its hype, veteran referee Kenny Bayless pointed out the unbeaten American clearly deserved the win. “He was the better fighter tonight,” he said. As the third man in the ring, Bayless said he had the privilege of watching up-close both fighters putting up a very-spirited back-and-forth fight. “I think the people enjoyed it, I enjoyed it too. It was the fight I thought it would be,” he said. Bayless has refereed more than 100 world championship fights since his appointment as pro-boxing referee in 1991. Known for his no-nonsense style of officiating and signature catchphrase “What I say you must obey,” Bayless has refereed for both men in the past.

He was the referee for Pacquiao’s bouts with Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez. He also officiated Mayweather’s fights against Shane Mosley, Saul Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. No Problem With The Scorecards While conceding there were some low moments during the fights, Bayless said it did not play a factor at all in the officiating. “There was holding and a few elbows, but I did my job… for the most part, they had no effect on the fight at all,” he said. Bayless added he had no problems with the judges’ scorecards, saying it was indeed Mayweather who scored more points against Pacquiao. “I have no problems with Mayweather winning because it was skill which won the fight,” he said. Mayweather won on all three judges’ scorecards against Pacquiao a score of two 118-110 and a 116-112 en route to a unanimous decision victory. Using his defensive counter-punching, Mayweather was able to negate Pacquiao’s offensive style of boxing. With the win Mayweather improves his unblemished record to 48 wins with no losses. Pacquiao meanwhile, dropped to 57 wins with six losses.
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